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Seeing Ourselves in Our Mind’s Eye

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A sad truth is that many people never truly discover who they really are during their lives. Seeing ourselves in our mind’s eye.  Life sometimes seems to pass us by so quickly that we never seem to make the time to dig any deeper and unravel the mysteries of life and ourselves. Most people put on their ‘mask and costume’ every morning when they awake, which may be the very same mask and costume they have been wearing for years. We create our mask and costume based on the expectations of others, the world around us, the influence of our family, friends and culture and based on the person who we think we are supposed to be. This protective mask and costume is usually a far cry from our true authentic selves.

What does it mean to be able to see ourselves in our mind’s eye? To see ourselves in our mind’s eye is to see ourselves free of distraction, free of attachment and free of the expectations of the world around us. It allows us the opportunity to see ourselves as we really are, without the mask and costume we have created for ourselves. It allows us the opportunity to get in touch with our own true feelings and desires, and to figure out what it is that we truly desire for our lives, and the way in which we authentically yearn to express ourselves. Many people are frightened of diving down into the depths of their own being; terrified of what they may discover in the crevices of their soul. It certainly is a scary thought knowing that you may discover you are not the person who you have become, and that you are living a life that is not your own. It certainly can be a daunting prospect to realise that all that you have created thus far is not in alignment with your truth and your true self, but the good news is that the present moment is where your power lies, and the present moment is where you have the power to change your life. In this sense, anything that has occurred in the past has been a learning curve and does not need to depict the outcome of your future.

When we sit in quiet meditation, we are able to unravel and strip away all of the layers of life that we have accumulated and are able to see ourselves as we really are in our mind’s eye.

 

12 Days of Christmas Fitness Guide

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It is Christmas and we are bringing you 12 Days of Christmas Fitness Guide because it is important to remain strong and disciplined during the festive season, as so many unhealthy snacks and treats will be staring us in the face at friend and family gatherings. It is helpful to have some form of a plan beforehand in order to help you stick to your diet and fitness regime. If you don’t have a plan to begin with, you may start out strong in the beginning and slowly start to bring down your guard as the holidays move further along. Here are some guidelines to help you during the 12 days of Christmas:

1: Mentally Prepare Yourself

The first thing that you should do at the beginning of the 12 days of Christmas is to mentally and emotionally prepare yourself. Let yourself know that you plan to be disciplined this Christmas and that you will in no way be giving into any temptations. If you are mentally prepared before the time, it will be much easier for you to abstain from all the unhealthy pleasures. It is usually our own mind, emotions and thoughts that cause us to stray from our path.

2: Manage Stress Levels

The festive season can be a stressful time of year and by managing your stress levels you will be able to stop yourself from overeating or stress eating. It is important to manage your stress levels throughout the 12 days of Christmas and is something that you need to begin doing from the very beginning.

3: Exercise

Since most of us are on holiday during the festive season; we usually do not stick to our usual routines. It is therefore important to have an exercise routine in order for the 12 days of Christmas so that you do not get caught up in all of the festive activities. Set time aside for exercise each day.

  1. Diet Plan

Set a diet plan for yourself and list the foods that you will be able to eat as well as the foods you will need to avoid.

5: Active Outings

Many of us are joined by family during the festive season and together we embark on family outings and activities. A great idea in order to remain fit is to get your family involved with more active ventures such as hiking or swimming.

6: Cut-off Time

Set yourself a cut-off time every day to signal the time of day that you will stop eating. A good cut-off time is around 7pm, or roughly 4 hours before you plan to go to bed.

7: Leave the Alcohol

A good way to remain healthy during the holidays is to refrain from drinking alcohol.

8: Get Good Rest

With all of the excitement and busyness of the holidays, it is important to get a good night’s rest each night.

9: Meal Ideas

Give your family and friends some healthy meal ideas for Christmas so that you can ensure a healthy meal will be available for you.

10: Host Christmas Dinner

A sure way to remain healthy this Christmas is to host the Christmas gathering yourself, allowing you to prepare only healthy meals and showing family and friends just how fab a healthy lifestyle really is.

11: Fluids

Remember to stay hydrated this festive season by drinking enough pure water and herbal teas.

12: Get Everyone Involved

A fun way to remain fit and active this festive season is by getting your friends and family involved with your fitness routines. Ask them to join you for a morning run or a yoga session outside in the garden or where you see fit.

The Route to Freedom

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What is freedom? Freedom is doing what you love, being free from attachments, having perfect health, having time and abundance, and following your highest passions and what that means for every individual. Freedom might mean something different to everyone; but for everyone it involves the freedom to do what brings them joy and the freedom to be who they really are. Therefore, the route to freedom means following your joy and going after your dreams. It also means finally working with any limiting beliefs you might have about yourself and about attaining your dreams. As the creator of your reality; you are the only one who ever stands in your own way and the only person capable of stopping yourself from becoming free.

What holds you back? What binds you? What restricts you? What limits you? What stops you from expressing yourself? What causes you to feel low? These are the questions, which you need to ask yourself when starting the process of becoming free. You need to let go of anything that holds you back, causes you to feel constrained or low, and anything that comprises your truth and your expression. This may be in the form of an addiction, a relationship, a job, a group of friends, pessimistic thoughts or other destructive or unproductive circumstances, situations and habits. For this reason, becoming free can be a challenging process, especially if we need to rid ourselves of an addiction or a toxic relationship. Many people therefore do not work up the strength and courage within themselves in order to undergo the necessary changes and steps to liberation. A recipe of strength, discipline, willpower, determination and courage are needed in order to start the process of letting go of what is not good for us in order to embrace the highest version of ourselves and recreate our lives.

The route to freedom is paved in beautiful precious gems and leads you down a road of joy and bliss. At the end of this road awaits your dreams and desires; for achieving these is what will make you experience liberty. The route to freedom is a wonderful journey to take, for it is not only the destination that brings blessings and rewards; but the journey itself is filled with wonder. The journey of working on yourself, creating the life of your dreams and following your highest passions and joys is the most rewarding ride you will ever take.

Understanding Ourselves Innately

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One of the best ways to care for ourselves is making the effort to really understanding ourselves innately. After all, we are the only ones capable of truly comprehending ourselves, and we cannot expect anyone else to do a better job. How can we imagine other people to identify with us if we ourselves do not? We should also not seek love and compassion from outside of ourselves, but should rather become our own overflowing reservoirs of love and understanding. Once we truly love and rationalise ourselves, we won’t feel such a need to be understood by the people around us. This self-confidence and self-empowerment creates a sort of impenetrable bubble around us through which nothing negative can penetrate.

A way for us to appreciate ourselves is to become aware of our thoughts, feelings and reasons for doing things. The way in which we think is the main cause of our actions, choices and even our opinions, and therefore by becoming more aware of the way in which we feel, we can begin to understand ourselves and discover what we truly desire in life. Even our personality is merely a construct tied together by our thoughts, feelings, perceptions and past experiences. By simply becoming aware of all of these aspects of ourselves, we can begin to realize why we make certain choices and behave in certain ways. Becoming alert to these things also gives us the power and authority to change these facets about ourselves. Learning to innately understand yourself is therefore a highly self-empowering practice that you can do in order to take charge of your life and create the life that you truly prefer.

When you innately understand yourself, it also means that you no longer depend on other people in order to ‘fix’ you, to make you feel better or give you what you need. When we innately understand ourselves we also naturally recognize our own desires and needs and can therefore provide and care for ourselves in the best way possible. Innately understanding ourselves is a responsibility that we all have because it is important to know yourself so that you can give you what is required in order to be happy in life. When we are fulfilled and contented, we function as we were truly designed to operate and become the best versions of ourselves possible. Attaining this level is not only a great blessing to ourselves but to the people and the world around us as well.

 

When Good Choices Go Bad

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Sometimes as a consequence of when good choices go bad, we make a decision that turns out for the worst, even when we had good intentions. We have all made the mistake of making an incorrect judgement or falling short in our discernment. However, even when things do not go according to plan and appear to disappoint us, there is always a silver lining in every cloud. Sometimes things that give the impression to go wrong have actually come into our lives for a reason in order to teach us a meaningful lesson so that we can grow and mature. We are always sending out vibrations into our environment and the universe is always responding to these sensations, and therefore we draw not only what we think about and desire, but also what we need in order to grow. Sometimes our very own frustrations and sufferings can attract experiences into our lives which may seem to add even more aggravation to our lives, but that have in fact materialized in order to teach us a lesson. A valuable technique to practice therefore is mindfulness; as by becoming conscious and more aware of what occurs in our lives, we are able to read the fine print and see what each occurrence is teaching us.

The best approach to take when good choices go bad is one of positivity and remaining calm and compassionate. If you have gotten yourself into a sticky situation; it will be much easier and quicker for you to get out if you remain positive and calm. The importance of mindfulness is that it enables you to become more aware of what each incident has to teach you, and therefore you will not need to learn the same lesson again. Lessons have a way of reappearing in our lives in different forms when we least expect it, and they continue to become visible until the lesson is learnt. For example, someone who constantly gets taken advantage of will more than likely continue to get taken advantage of until they finally realise what is happening. Once they learn the message, they can ‘graduate’ from the instruction and move on, and they will no longer make decisions that permit them to be taken advantage of.

Avoid making a bad choice by being attentive and sentient of your true feelings and what is right for you. Care for yourself enough not to allow yourself to compromise on your truth and the way in which you truly feel towards something.

 

Fitness Together

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Taking part in fitness together as a team is becoming increasingly more popular as more and more couples begin to find the joy and benefits of partaking in fitness activities together. Programs such as acro-yoga, couple’s yoga classes and joined fitness routines have become more popular as partners begin to prefer exercising together as opposed to separately. What are some of the benefits of working out together?

Bonding

When we train together as a duo it allows us more time for connecting and bonding. We don’t need to have separate lives when it comes to our health regime and many twosomes feel healthier, fitter and more connected after a joined fitness session.

Exploring Different Types of Fitness

Women are sometimes more drawn to activities such as pilates, dance and yoga while men are often drawn to activities such as weight lifting and strength building. Choosing to implement a routine together gives the chance to try new forms of fitness that we may otherwise never have tried. Allow your other half to guide you through their choice of conditioning, and you can in turn guide them through yours. This also allows you both to have more of a variety in what you do.

Motivation

Partaking of health routines together with your partner will help you to remain more motivated and determined to meet your goals. Our spouses can be a great source of inspiration, and because we spend most of our time with them, they will always be there to guide and help us to stay disciplined and focused on our goals.

Fun

Taking part in mindful practices with your partner can be far more enjoyable and amusing than going it on your own. Staying in shape should be something that you relish; it shouldn’t feel gruelling or like undergoing the least enjoyable part of your day. Moving our bodies and getting fit is something that we should take pleasure and satisfaction from. If you find your daily grind to be an arduous task, try getting your next of kin involved in order to make it more pleasurable.

More Time Together

In our often busy lives we sometimes don’t get to spend as much time as we would like to with our better halves. Choosing to take part in these activities mutually is a way to buy yourselves more time to be together, even on a busy day.

Social

In fact it is also proven that working together in groups even challenges us further, so that it creates a perfect social setting and getting to know others at the same time those of us who at least have one thing in common!

 

How to Get What You Want (Nicely)

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To achieve desires as you know, it’s not possible to always get exactly what you want, especially when other people are concerned. Sometimes we think we know what we want, but this may not exactly be what we need or what is best for us. Having said that, there are a few tips that you could practice in order to help steer things in the direction that you please, and it all boils down to being really nice!

Always Be Nice

You are much more likely to steer outcomes in your desired direction if you treat people with respect and courtesy. If you get upset, overreact or allow your emotions to get the better of you, you will likely end up driving people away and turning them against you. No matter how someone else feels about you; you always have the opportunity to change their perception of you in the present moment by the way in which you act and behave.

See Things from Other’s Point of View

In order to successfully get what you want it is important to see the situation from other people’s point of view. It is important to treat people with respect and show them that you care about them and their needs. People are more likely to let you have your own way if they can at least see that you respect and acknowledge their point of view.

Determination

You are more likely to get what you want if you are motivated and determined to achieve it. Passion and excitement can take you a far way and are energies that can help to get you to where you want to be. If you lack drive and resolve, chances are you may not get what you want in the end. On the other hand, if you have enough will this will allow you to persevere and overcome any challenges that may stand in your way. If it is another person who will choose whether or not you get what you wish for; they are more likely to give you your way if they can feel your spirit and tenacity.

Ultimately, how to get what you want really boils down to how you treat other people and approach situations. By taking care of everything and everyone around you with compassion and keeping a positive mind state, you may just find that life starts to shift in your favour.